Sorry, GOP, but being anti-abortion is not enough

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It used to be that the two major parties were most divided on economic matters. From Reagan to right before Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party, the right consistently maintained an economic orthodoxy that the left just as consistently rejected. Now the sharpest divides are over social or cultural matters.

As the conservative policy thinker Yuval Levin recently put it on Ezra Klein’s podcast:

15 years ago, how you felt about Grover Norquist’s tax pledge really told you whether or not you were a Republican or a Democrat. … Economic issues were the locus of party competition, and social issues…

We can’t wait to welcome you, dear boy


My Dear Son,

You are almost here, aren’t you?

You have been anticipated, covered in prayer, and loved for longer than you can know. You are unaware of it at present, but you’ve already begun an extraordinary journey called life. You are not even out yet, and your father and I are already blessed beyond measure to be your parents.

A world of adventure awaits you. A world filled with highs and lows, hardships and joys. We will be with you on this journey. Always. You are our son.

Before you arrive, there are some things we wanted you to…

President Trump has backed a QAnon candidate and a lunatic provocateur to win congressional seats. This is Trumpism.

Marjorie Taylor Greene (L) and Laura Loomer (R)

Lots of ink has been spilled trying to determine the shape of Trumpism post-Trump. What happens in two months will help us answer that question. At the same time, whether Trump wins four more years or finds himself out of a job, it will take time to answer the deeper question of which of Trumpism’s ideas and attitudes will fester within the Republican Party as a lingering political legacy.

But even though we can’t yet fully project what a post-Trump GOP will look like, there are some very concerning signs about what it might involve.

The rise of candidate Trump…

Whatever happened to “Love thy neighbor as thyself”?


On April 17, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, hundreds took to the streets right outside the governor’s mansion to protest what they believed to be unfair stay-at-home orders. Those who gathered were from the political right and some were most likely spurred on — at least in part — by a two-word tweet from President Trump:

In 2020, you must choose a side. And regardless of your decision, absolute loyalty is required.

Demonstrators in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 27, 2020 (Brandon Bell/Getty)

Yeats’s prophetic lament that “The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity” is borne out daily in our national politics. In the rush to best our ideological adversaries, standards of consistency and decency have not just been forgotten, but consciously discarded. And despite breathless claims to the contrary, this behavior is apparent on both sides of the aisle.

President Donald J. Trump is manifestly unfit for office. For a staunch conservative like myself, voting for him in 2016 would have required betraying my principles. The same holds true in this election cycle. He will…

A who’s who

L-R: Tom Cotton, Nikki Haley, Ron DeSantis (Mark Wilson/Slaven Vlasic/Joe Raedle/Getty)

Since 2015, the Trump brand has been focused on winning and “owning the libs.” To Trump supporters who find great appeal in this, the projected image is of nonstop victory over an evil ideology. Micro-triumphs in culture war skirmishes are prioritized over a larger governing vision.

Those jockeying to be his successor will likely have to adopt this approach, if they haven’t already, since the president sets the tone for the rest of the party.

What tone is that?

The man at the head of the GOP is all about domineering and polarizing. The political environment he thrives in is…

A conservative’s evolution on police violence and race

Eric Reid #35, Colin Kaepernick #7, and Eli Harold #58 kneeling during the national anthem January 1, 2017 (Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

When NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling in protest during the national anthem in 2016, I was slightly appalled: He lives in the greatest country in the world and enjoys the pleasures of a well-paying profession. Yet he chooses to disrespect the flag and those who fought and died for him?! The nerve.

Those feelings simmered. They stayed with me for a while.

But Kaepernick was right to bring light to the situation of police brutality directed at black Americans. No, I don’t agree with his “pig cop” socks (he reportedly stated they were only “meant to represent rogue cops”)…

COVID-19 presents unique challenges to expecting mothers, even as its effects remain largely unknown

Parents who were being treated for COVID-19 hold their newborn at home in the West Bank, May 17, 2020 (Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP via Getty Images)

In February, right before the United States really began to feel the effects of COVID-19, my husband and I found out we were expecting our second child. We felt an immense amount of joy, but the recent past made us more than a little cautious in our optimism. In early 2019, I suffered a miscarriage. My editors at Arc were gracious enough to allow me to write about my experience. The result was this, “The Stigma Surrounding Miscarriage Must End. Here’s My Story.” …

She pledged never to lie—but lying comes with job

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany at a White House press briefing May 8, 2020 (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

On May 1, 2020, the new White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, delivered her first briefing. In other administrations, this changing of the guard would be noted but not significantly newsworthy. Many presidents go through several press secretaries during their time in office. George W. Bush had four; Barack Obama three. But the Trump administration is unlike anything the country has seen before.

President Trump has appointed four different press secretaries in less than one full term. The third, Stephanie Grisham, never held a formal press briefing. The last official briefing took place on March 11, 2019 with Sarah Sanders

Trump’s performance must be judged on the facts alone

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Donald Trump is not the first president to experience a dilemma that severely tests the chief executive’s leadership capabilities. The COVID-19 pandemic may be a new world event, but past presidents also faced unexpected challenges. Trump’s performance, same as theirs, should be judged on the facts alone.

In December, we began to hear about a health crisis on the other side of the world. For a while, America was insulated from the viral threat thanks to the luxury of distance. That didn’t last long. Now, the U.S. overwhelmingly leads the world in both reported infections and deaths. (N.B.: this CNN…

Kimberly Ross

Writer | Independent conservative | Bylines: Washington Examiner, Arc Digital, The Bulwark, USA Today, others | Mom x 2 | Not in your tribe.

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